This day in history

Tuesday, Sept. 10, is the 253d day of 2013. There are 112 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: World Golf Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer is 84. Singer Jose Feliciano is 68. Political commentator Bill O’Reilly is 64. Rock musician Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 63. Actress Kate Burton is 56. Actor Colin Firth is 53. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Randy Johnson is 50. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 45. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 45. Singer Sanjaya Malakar (“American Idol”) is 24.

In 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sent out the message, ‘‘We have met the enemy and they are ours.”)


In 1939, Canada declared war on Germany.

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In 1962, the US Supreme Court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student.

In 1963, twenty black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George C. Wallace.

In 2003, the first video image of Osama bin Laden in nearly two years was broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV. Israel bombed the home of a Hamas leader, killing his eldest son and a bodyguard in retaliation for two suicide bombings.

In 2008, Frank Mundus, the legendary shark fisherman said to have inspired the character of Quint in ‘‘Jaws,’’ died in Honolulu at 82.


In 2012, an airstrike killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in a breakthrough for US-backed efforts to cripple the terror network’s operations in the impoverished Arab nation.